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  • 35 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 245LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


Butler is a two-year starter that had an outstanding senior season. Butler has good size and strength but lacks great speed. He is a solid athlete with decent foot agility, balance and short area quickness to close in the open field. Butler should be more physical on contact but is a solid hitter between the tackles. He is inconsistent to ward off and shed blockers to the pile. He has good instincts but is inconsistent in his pursuit angles and run fits at times. Despite not having great speed, he is solid as a coverage defender. Butler has the size, strength, instincts, toughness and athleticism to contribute on special teams as well adding valuable depth to a club in his rookie season.



Well built with a big frame. Maintains good balance with a solid base and has the foot agility to make plays in the short area. Fluid enough to stick in man coverage and reads underneath routes in zone. Hard worker that was very productive in the Pac-10.


Does not have the speed to be a sideline-to-sideline player. Over-runs gap responsibility at times. Inconsistent at shedding blocks and sometimes takes poor angles to the ball. Not an explosive hitter that needs to be more physical to be successful at the next level.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.